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Let's work hard to fix two big problems

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

To the Editor:

As someone that has grown up all my life right here in an agricultural community I've learned my fair share about hard work.

There's no doubt that we as a country have some very hard work ahead of us in tackling the climate change crisis and the soaring unemployment numbers.

These two subjects, while seemingly separate issues, are intertwined. We need to create a sector of our economy that is based fundamentally in sustainable and clean energy jobs.

On a national level there is bi-partisan legislation in the Senate that is seeking to do just that.

This bill would lead to the creation of up to 1.9 million jobs throughout the United States -- of those jobs roughly 870,000 would be accessible for individuals with a high school education or less. This would bring jobs to folks that need it most, that aren't able to go out and get that white-collar job.

This won't happen unless we demand it to happen.

We have to contact our Senators and urge them to bring jobs to Putnam County and to help us repower America.

Colette Novak

Greencastle